HAM (high art moment) is a new collaboration between Amélie Gaulier-Brody, Dages Juvelier Keates, Rain Saukas and Alexis Steeves.

We have been presented by:

  • Art Helix (Permission Slip) May 2016

  • Dixon Place (Crossing Boundaries) June 2016

  • Under Exposed (Triskelion Arts) September 2016

  • Parsons/The New School (City and City) September 2016

  • Triskelion Arts (Collabfest 2016) October 2016

We have partnered with visual and sound artists Marion Bizet, Joshua Dumas, Shani Ha, and Elizabeth Tubergen in our post-humanist, post-dance inquiry.  Most recently we were rewarded a week long residency at Stable in Montreal, Canada, November 2016.

Collectively, HAM has over 60 years of professional performance experience. Our current work is heavily informed by the live choreographic practices developed by Rosalind Crisp and Andrew Morrish. Individually, we hold various degrees in dance performance and choreography, design, gender and performance studies and Body Mind Centering.

Marion Bizet is a french designer based in Brooklyn, NY. She started her career as a designer at Ich&Kar working with a roster of clients in the cultural & lifestyle fields. She moved to New York in 2011 and worked in house at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) for 3 years as a senior designer under the creative direction of Philippe Apeloig. She is now working as a freelance Art Director focusing on designing visual identities and editorial design for cultural platforms.

Amélie Gaulier-Brody is a French-born performance artist and Body-Mind Centering practitioner based in Brooklyn since 2014. Her artistic practice is dedicated to embodying and playing with the conditions of the body, objects, architecture, ideas, live music, movement and voice. She has created and performed a series of solo pieces called “Am I An Image Moving” and “Reversible skirt”. The framework for her choreographic and vocal investigations are composed of notions of indeterminacy, improvisation, and the generative space revealed by randomness and unfinished initiations. Her solo performances have been hosted by numerous venues including  the Queens Museum, Movement Research, Chez Buschwik, Art Helix, Glasshouse, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts.

Dages Juvelier Keates uses feminist and queer methods to research embodiment and alterity. Her work seeks to decolonize the body as a re/productive site of heteronormativity, rendering it undomesticated, unfinished. Recent collaborations with E/D, HAM, and Lydian Junction have been presented by CPR, Dixon Place, NYU, Gibney Dance, GAP, Cornelia Street Cafe, FAB, Northside Festival, Parsons/The New School,Temple University, Triskelion Arts, Women in Motion, among others. Additional choreography has been presented by venues including 3LD, Alwan Arts Center, BAX, Danspace, Merkin Hall, JCC, and the [UN]Fair Art Show. Recent residencies and awards include 3LD, chashama, Marble House Project, The Watermill Center, and The Stable. Dages has a BA from Bard College and MA from NYU.

Rain Saukas is a Brooklyn based, Estonian raised, freelance dancer and art director. Rain was a performing member of Fine5 Dance Theater, from 2002 - 20012, touring throughout Estonia and in Finland, St. Petersburg, Belorussia, Poland, Armenia, New York and South Korea. In 2011, partnering with Alexis Steeves, he premiered and toured their original duet, "how quickly these accidents". Since moving to New York he has continued his performance practice along with Alexis, following a fascination with the imagining body. Rain has also danced for Cid Pearlman, Susan Osberg, Jenni Kivelä and Noemie LaFrance. He has studied intensively with Fine5 Dance Theatre as well as Rosalind Crisp, Andrew Morrish, Jonathan Burrows, among others.

Alexis Steeves’ most recent artistic research is inspired by the performance work of Rosalind Crisp, Rain Saukas, her artistic partners in HAM and an allegiance to following curiosity through the body.  Alexis is honored to have danced for Daniel Mccusker, Susan Osberg, Onye Ozuzu, Noemie Lafrance, Bryan Hayes, Rebecca Alson-Milkman and Cid Pearlman. Her own choreography and collaborations have been presented by DanceSpace, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and BRIC in New York, Danc(E)Union at Southbank Center (UK) and Kanuti Gildi Saal (Estonia). She has received support from the Estonian Cultural Endowment Fund and the Estonian Embassy. Alexis has worked as a guest teaching artist at the Tallinn University Dance Department (Estonia)  and Bard High School Early College (New York). She received a BFA in dance choreography from Bard College.